The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) organized the Regional Cooperation Day “End of a tough year, what will 2016 be like?” in Sarajevo from 18th-19th December 2015to discuss with CSOs and academia the upcoming challenges for civil society in the region. The conference was opened by Mr. Goran Svilanovic – Secretary General of The Regional Cooperation Council, who reflected on the challenges the Balkan countries are facing, followed by an open discussion panel on the EU Country reports and what they tell us about the most pressing issues for genuine progress in the EU accession process. Numerous CSO and academia representatives spoke on the role of the civil society in the EU integration process addressing common challenges for these countries, from the rule of law and independence of the media to civil society development. The question of the sustainability of the new impetus given with the Berlin process was raised and the need to further include the civil society in it. BCSDN’s Policy and Advocacy Officer Biljana Spasovska participated at the conference. More information is available here.